Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 48 points (+0.3%) at 14,598 as of Thursday, Apr 4, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 24.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 604.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,350 issues advancing vs. 1,026 declining with 205 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a 68-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $84.40. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.15 points or roughly accounting for 10.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 35,566 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of two million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 22-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $28.34. Volume for Microsoft Corporation currently sits at 5.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 45.3 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $241.24 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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